Tesla Teams With Pasadena To Build Huge Fast-Charging Station

MAR 14 2019 BY MARK KANE 19

If it saves money, we expect more joint infrastructure projects from Tesla and other cities.

The Pasadena City Council recently approved an agreement between the city and Tesla to jointly build one of the largest fast-charging stations in the U.S.

The site is located on the roof level of the Marengo parking garage at 155 E. Green St and consists of the following:

  • 24 Superchargers
  • 20 non-Tesla fast chargers (probably CCS Combo and CHAdeMO)

Tesla will pay for the Superchargers and will be pre-wiring for additional non-Tesla fast chargers so that Pasadena Water and Power will be able to install 20 chargers saving $140,000 in capital costs. Sounds smart to us.

For Pasadena, the deal will be a big improvement, as reportedly there is just single DC fast charger available in the city.

Time will tell how useful and convenient it will be by having such a big station on the roof.

“Joel Levin, executive director of Plug-In America, an L.A-based group advocating for more public plugs, said Tesla and Pasadena are creating a new model by locating so many chargers in one site in an urban setting. This will benefit not just retailers but EV owners who live in downtown condos and townhomes and do not have charging stations at home.“This is a new model. Putting in charging station groupings in denser areas for people with longer-range vehicles who live in apartments,” Levin said on Monday. “They can charge there once a week and they are good. It is really cutting edge.””

10 largest Supercharging stations globally are:

  • 50 stalls (three in China)
  • 44 stalls (one in Norway)
  • 42 stalls (one in Norway)
  • 40 stalls (five in U.S.)

Source: pasadenastarnews.com, supercharge.info

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19 Comments on "Tesla Teams With Pasadena To Build Huge Fast-Charging Station"

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Take this idea and “Supersize” it, get EA, Tesla and local governments to combine resources on optimal locations. It could make everyone’s money go much further.

I’ve always wondered…the picture at the top of the article is the same on on Tesla’s supercharging page. is that a real supercharger location? Where is it?

Looks like a drawing, not a picture, to my untrained eye.

Maybe the biggest thing that seems off to me is the shadows. The Model 3 is casting an enormous shadow on the ground, but then nothing else is? No shadows from the sidewalk curb or superchargers? The superchargers are also missing the stall labels.

All 3 cars have shadows, you can see the one under X as well. Shadows look like that with low angle sun as you notice a lot in the wide open and sunny areas of the Rockies. I suspect a render or composite (or both), but renders will have accurate shadows as they accurately model light physics. I am curious if that is a real location. The Photo is part of Tesla’s press kit.

When you drill down with Google Maps all the images look drawn out. Driving the street is kinda fun though

Definitely a render. Not only is the enormous shadow from one car an obvious fake, but so are the mountains in the background.

These days, there are renders so good that it’s difficult to tell if it’s the real thing or not. This ain’t one of ’em.

Who will get the money from CCS charging? Shouldn’t it be Tesla (or part Tesla)? If so, I’ll swing by from time to time to give them few bucks.

I believe it will be the city, probably through Pasadena Water and Power. Pasadena has a bunch of free L2 chargers scattered around in city lots (pay to park, charge for free). A few months ago they announced that all new charger installs would require payment, and as they upgraded/replaced existing sites, they’d require payment too.

This parking structure currently has 5 L2 chargers in the basement. It’s rated 2.2 on plugshare – from the comments it seems like they’re often blocked. Adding 20 more should help, as will putting them in a farther-out location, so people (ICE or non-charging EV are both guilty) won’t take the spot just because it’s close.

Good idea, but for LA locals why take an electric car when you can easily take the Gold Line Metroline to Pasadena?

maybe they have to go other places?

As an experiment, I walked to a bus stop (15 min), wait for bus (10 min), bus to train station (15 min; stops at every f’kin block!!!), wait for train (5 min), gold line (30 min), walk to bus stop (5 min), wait for bus (15 min), bus to destination (20 min). Total time: 15+10+15+5+30+5+15+20=1 hr 55 min. Times are approximate, and I didn’t include the pleasure of waiting next to a guy screaming into the air.

Same trip even in rush hour traffic, driving took no more than an hour, and about 45 minutes with light traffic.

Public transportation works great in places like NYC because the last mile problem doesn’t really exist because of high density. I lived just fine for 11 years without a car there.

But in places like LA those last couple of miles between door to train and train to door just kills it.

True since it’s a EV

Too bad the supercharger will be always full and the CCS/Chademo will collect dust. If it is anything as I have seen on the resort in san diego that has a bunch of EVGO L2 chargers and four tesla destination chargers, which were the only chargers ever in use while we were there 🙂

So weird to see one CA city will just have one charger

If you mean DCFC, most cities within San Diego county have one or none.

Irvine sucks too.

This is near my house, maybe now I’ll finally get an electric car!

Just curious. Do you live in an apartment or condo?